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Plane crashes in Rawalpindi, 118 killed
A Pakistani passenger plane with 127 people on board crashed due bad weather near the Chaklala airbase in Rawalpindi on Friday evening, Pakistani defence sources have said at least 118 passengers have been killed in the crash. ANI

Sharif says Kayani backs 'unilateral withdrawal of troops from Siachen Glacier'
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif, who came under fire for his call for a unilateral withdrawal of troops from the Siachen Glacier, has said that Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has backed his stance. ANI

World Bank to create global partnership for social accountability
The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved in principle the creation of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), its latest effort to support civil society organizations (CSOs), the Washington-based Bank announced on Thursday. ANI

Legality of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan increasingly under scrutiny
In the vast swath of no-man's- land on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, U.S. drones have for years reigned down death and destruction on suspected terrorists, as well as innocent civilians. ANI

Pentagon official urges support for missile defense budget
A senior Pentagon official briefed Congress about the fiscal 2013 budget request of 7.75 billion U.S. dollars in missile defense, calling for support "against a growing ballistic missile threat," the American Forces Press Service reported Thursday. ANI

Over 6,000 ex-PLA combatants in Nepal opt for voluntary retirement
A total of 6,574 ex-Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M)'s People's Liberation Army combatants have opted for voluntary retirement at the end of the timeline specified for the second round of regrouping of the ex-Maoist combatants on Thursday. ANI

Indian High School in Dubai to probe reports of students' humiliation by teacher
The management of an Indian High School in Dubai is investigating reports of students being humiliated by a teacher after parents complained about an incidence. ANI

Western leaders threaten Syria after UN warns of regime failing to honour ceasefire
With the UN warnings that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not honouring terms of a ceasefire, Western leaders have threatened international intervention, including setting up "humanitarian corridors" across Syria. ANI

Sikh stabs cousin to death following heated argument over drinking in UK
A Sikh in the UK stabbed his cousin to death after he was caught drinking by his family during a conversation with them on Skype. ANI

Web creator Berners blames music industry for trying to stop openness
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the computer wizard who created the World Wide Web, has criticised the music industry for trying to stop the openness of the web. ANI

Bin Laden's family may stay on in Pakistan for some more days
Pakistan could take several more days to deport former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's wife and children to Saudi Arabia, and perhaps Yemen, his brother-in-law has said. ANI

Drug gang members sentenced to death
A court in China's southwestern Chongqing municipality has sentenced seven people to death and five to jail for making and selling methamphetamine. ANI

Ruins of ancient town found in China's largest desert
Chinese archeologists working in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have found the ruins of an ancient town in the country's largest desert. ANI

CIA may have assassinated JFK's mistress
Death of one of President John F. Kennedy's mistresses Mary Pinchot Meyer has mystified conspiracy theorists for years. ANI

Distracted Indian-origin doctor kills two patients after prescribing medicine overdose
An Indian-origin doctor in the UK killed two elderly patients suffering from ulcers after prescribing them ten times the normal dose of morphine while he was preoccupied surfing the Internet. ANI

US again pressures Pakistan to target Haqqani network
US ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker has called on Pakistan to target the Haqqani Network, saying there was "no question" that the group mounted recent co-ordinated attacks on Kabul and other areas over the weekend. ANI

'US within an inch of war everyday' with North Korea: Panetta
US Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, claimed that the United States was 'within an inch of war almost every day' in the region around North Korea, and need be 'careful' about what they do or say. ANI

Norwegian mass killer Breivik planned to 'chop off' Prime Minister's head
Anders Behring Breivik, in his testimony on the fourth day of his trial in Oslo, Norway, disclosed plans to behead Gro Harlem Brundtland, a former prime minister of Norway, amongst other horrifying and disturbing details. ANI

Romney reacts to Obama's 'silver spoon' banter
Reacting to President Barack Obama's statement of 'not being born with a silver spoon', Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney said that 'he would not apologize for his family's success.' ANI

'Royal' barbie dolls to mark Wills-Kat first wedding anniv
Barbie doll versions of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been launched to mark the first anniversary of the royal couple's wedding. ANI

'Dinner with Barack' offers fans dinner date with George Clooney
George Clooney is helping build support to re-elect President Obama in November by hosting a fundraising event as a part of Obama campaign's perennial "Dinner with Barack" contest. ANI

'Kayani's call for Siachen Glacier's demilitarization has opened window of opportunity'
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has lauded army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani's comments that the Siachen Glacier should be vacated by troops from both sides and progress towards peace be made with India. ANI

Briton convicted for terrorism claims having met Bin Laden
A British man convicted for the aborted shoe-bombing operation has admitted in a videotape statement that he met Osama Bin Laden after deciding to fight jihad against the West. ANI

James Murdoch 'could leave News Corp to save himself from FBI corruption probe
James Murdoch could be forced to leave News Corporation to save himself from harsher punishments under U.S. law, a leading corporate crime lawyer has warned. ANI

Pak Hindus not treated equally under law: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has highlighted that Hindus are treated equally under the country's law and added that a bill to recognise their marriages has been stalled in parliament for unexplained reasons. ANI

'Womens' favourite' Obama ahead of Romney in prez poll race, finds poll
US President Barack Obama has gained a lead over GOP nominee Mitt Romney among women and minorities voters in the presidential race, according to a new poll. ANI

Norwegian mass killer claims himself to be a 'very likeable person'
Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 67 people at a Labour party summer camp, organized at Utoya island last year, told an Oslo court during his trial that he was actually a 'very likeable person' but he trained himself to not get influenced by emotions. ANI

Pilots sacked over mid-air cockpit argument
Two pilots were sacked following a heated mid-air cockpit argument. ANI

Scotland Yard investigating new allegations of racism against Met officers
With a black firefighter claiming that he was assaulted by a group of white police officers, Scotland Yard has been asked to probe another racist allegation. ANI

China denies U.S. accusation of spying space technology
China denied Friday a U.S. accusation that the progress China has made in space exploration should be partially attributed to espionage. ANI

Rebels claim killing 79 soldiers in Sudan's Blue Nile
Rebels in Sudan's troubled Blue Nile state said on Friday that they had killed 79 Sudanese soldiers in the latest battles on the border with South Sudan, where armed clashes have been taking place since last September. ANI

Cambodia to host ASEAN security meetings
Cambodia will host regional security meetings next week among the 10-member the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and eight dialogue partners. ANI

Cambodia's Angkor Wat attracts 639,800 foreign visitors in Q1
The number of foreign tourists to Cambodia's Angkor Wat temples, one of the world heritage sites, had increased by 45 percent to 639,800 in the first quarter of this year, statistics of the Siem Reap provincial tourism department revealed on Friday. ANI

Bomb blast kills one person in Myanmar's northern Shan state
A bomb blast killed a person at 105th Mile border trade zone in Muse township, in Myanmar's northern Shan state on Friday morning, according to official sources. ANI

Six Sri Lankan fishermen held by Somali pirates rescued
Six Sri Lankan fishermen held by Somali pirates for ransom for more than eight months have been rescued by a Spanish battleship, an official said on Friday. ANI

China, Canada to promote ties through cultural exchanges
China and Canada agreed Thursday to further deepen ties by improving cultural understanding between the two peoples through exchanges. ANI

CEOs 'should embrace Gen Y's technological abilities to retain them'
Generation Y are to take up the leadership roles of the future but present company heads fret that they won't stick around long enough to get there, researchers say. ANI

Colombia escort caught in Obama security sex scandal identified
First pictures of the bikini-clad working girl allegedly involved in the Secret Service prostitution scandal have emerged on a social network site. ANI

Eight killed in Pak Taliban, Haqqani network clash in North Waziristan
At least eight people have been killed in intense clashes between the Haqqani Network and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in North Waziristan Agency, local sources have said. ANI

Pakistan invites new Afghan Peace Council head Salahuddin Rabbani for visit
Pakistan has invited the new head of the Afghanistan High Peace Council, Salahuddin Rabbani, for a visit this year, diplomatic officials have said. ANI

Media Alert: Pivotal Phase III results for afatinib* in lung cancer to be presented at ASCO 2012
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GLORIATM-AF Registry Program investigating use of antithrombotic therapy in 56,000 patients with atrial fibrillation at risk of stroke announced
Boehringer Ingelheim announced today the launch of the GLORIATM-AF Registry Program, which is set to become the largest worldwide registry with the aim of understanding the long-term use of oral antithrombotic therapy in the prevention of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF)-related stroke in a real-world setting. Business Wire India

CORRECTING and REPLACING Fight to Save Javan Rhino from Extinction is on Track, Say Experts
First graph, first sentence of release should read: 50 per cent (sted 25 per cent). Business Wire India

Zadig & Voltaire to Partner with TA Associates
Zadig & Voltaire, one of the most successful French brands in the new luxury ready- to-wear market, known for its Parisian-chic and rock and roll inspiration, announces that TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm, has signed an agreement to acquire a 30% stake in the company Business Wire India

SPATIALinfo to Provide Geo-Spatial Solution for Globe Telecom’s Fiber Management (FMS) Project
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UBS Launches iPad® App for Creating Client Algorithms: “UBS QUOD Studio”
As part of a new, client-centric approach to execution consulting called UBS Quant on Demand (“UBS QUOD”), UBS today announced the launch of a new algorithmic trading tool called “UBS QUOD Studio.” Business Wire India

AEG Power Solutions Achieves Stellar Performance for Solar Installations across India
AEG Power Solutions today announced that 40 MW have been installed since the beginning of operations in India and that 34 MW have been booked since January 2012 when 33.5 MW had been awarded for the year 2011 Business Wire India

CLS Investments Goes Live with Charles River IMS and Managed Services to Support Growth as Firm Doubles Assets under Management
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